Paul Mango, Republican candidate for Governor, and Diana Vaughan, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, in studio with Frank Andrews

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Tuesday, May 8th

Paul Mango, Republican candidate for Governor, and Diana Vaughan, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, in studio with Frank Andrews

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And we are very happy to have in the studios with us right now the Republican candidate for governor Paul Manuel and lieutenant governor Diane Von how you guys still and doing great frank thanks for having us I do you just mentioned that you have troops in our area Susquehanna kind. Yeah I'm my granddad. Left Italy in march of 1909 and got to landed in Philadelphia couple weeks later and they took him straight up to Susquehanna county in the town of Susquehanna where he worked for decades on the railroad. Yeah now he would be up there would be a Marcellus Shale people up there. So yeah I think funny busy touch and Diane you're county commissioner by background yes and watching channel four in the last 23 years. And I guess I kind of gives you a little bit of insight into what some of the colonies are dealing with absolutely and also on the meaning it's coming out of Harrisburg and how the allocation of funds. And the service of this programs means to people. Now now Paul you would be you know I I am I mentioned you that I met you the first time at the same Patrick's day parade when you were there so you have been in and out of our area many times are you crisscrossing the state right now. Yeah we actually come banana fifteen months frank and about eighty to 85000 miles on the car and I don't appear in the northeast probably fifteen or twenty. Different times so it's it's been wonderful us as I said this is where that mango family roots started so I always feel welcome. As an Italian Catholic appear in appear in the northeast now keep your nerves your focus seems to be the economy. I'm and images of a million aspects of that but what what are you hearing from people and and what what what's driving you when you talk about Pennsylvania economy. Well there's a tremendous amount of economic in securities. Amongst people who are working. They haven't seen their wages increase in. Close to a decade since the credit crisis maybe that's gone up a little bit one or 2% but guess what their property taxes are going up double digits every year. Health care premiums under governor wolf and three and a half years have doubled. They're trying to save for their kids' education. That's difficult as tuition payments so they feel squeezed. And the opportunities we have here in Pennsylvania are extraordinary to have a prosperous. Growing economy but we don't pay as you mentioned oberly we have energy. We have agriculture unbelievable technology coming out of our universities we have proximity to the best commercial markets in the world. Yet we do not have a set of policies that is promoting growth in fact there inhibiting. Growth and we don't have a governor I'm sorry who's out there fighting. For pennsylvanians and for jobs he's simply not so we can turn this thing around very quickly frank. Now half the people who are texting and people who have called in people who you know are really following did not just your race but you know this say reprises. They keep saying to me the only issue we care bar right now property taxes SP 76 house bill 76 asks everybody where they stand what are they gonna do because governor wolf has not been real big on those bills. Where where do you both stand on the property tax reform Telecom world we're aligned on it and we're the only candidate frank I think your listeners have to know this were the only candidate. I was made a commitment. To our signing senate bill 76 pursues us it's our desks the senator senator Wagner said. He wants to apply as tools zero based budgeting first of the budget and once you get a balanced budget to consider SP 76 in the other candidate Ellsworth has said she won't. Try to eliminate school property sector so we. Our 100% behind that we understand the pain that seniors are going through in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania 101000 a year evicted from their homes because they can't take. Property taxes so we're gonna modernize the way we finance our schools become a 100% behind senate bill said he says now Diana. I agree completely. Flashing Kenny went through any court ordered reassessment she and I can tell you is that the effect two ways homeowners on with prize went to school property taxes she has been very destructive. I mean it's such a major issue in this area we have very strong grassroots groups that are don't. Pushing and pressing in and you know a bit pressing me to make sure that I get a commitment from people now when you talk about the economy when you talk about turning things around quickly. Having banned in Harrisburg. You know that preaches up good but just how hard to live how do you really make it happen well. You know frank I spent thirty years in business. That's my background after the military and I worked I had the privilege of working win some of them most respected chief executives in the world and I. Built a business myself a big half a billion dollar business it all starts for the vision when we define where we wanna be five years from now ten years from now on the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When we define the types of industries we wanna be global leaders and I'll give you a few energies one of them. Drug discovery is another one if you go down to the southeast part of state where leaders in that. Artificial intelligence and robotics. Global leaders in not if you go to a Carnegie Mellon university in Pittsburgh. And there's a thing called additive manufacturing up at Penn State. We have clusters of economic activity that is if cultivated a little bit further become global leaders so. I want we talk about it what are the things that they need to be successful what we have the highest effectively the highest corporate state tax rate in the country we need to lower that. We have over burdensome. Regulations and it's not. The regulations themselves frank is the attitude in Harrisburg. That a business leaders inherently a port or a bad person trying to hurt the environment but that's not true. So we have a year sometimes to wait for a permanent as someone told me you shouldn't have to move having the move earth and Pennsylvania but that's that's the truth so that. So taxes regulations we need to rebuild our infrastructure to Third World infrastructure how we're going to be first world globally competitive. We have had in the back operation of our skilled labor I'm talking about the trades. Carpenters plumbers steam pipe filters. Machine to operators we have tens of thousands of jobs that are wanting for those skills in Pennsylvania. That's step workforce evaporated and we need a governor who's gonna go out as I said before and fights that our governor. Wolf has not left the commonwealth once in his three and a half years for the purpose of promoting Pennsylvania products and services we need to chief executive is gonna fight for Pennsylvania. Our if you just joined us folks 60 minutes after 4 o'clock we will in the studio with us. Is Republican candidate for governor Paul mango and lieutenant governor candidate a Diane Von if you have a question for them please texted an 88300981804370098. We do have one tax and non thrown out and you guys didn't commit an answer that you will. Other severance tax on natural gas CA your name what do you think it absolutely may and Diana from Washington County just maybe elaborate a little bit damaged. Yes I can tell you is it isn't it's not going to because should the economy. We already we see impact she have a comparative tax. When you look at days surrounding states so we if we work to enact the severance taxes you would see a great deal of job loss. Found in Pennsylvania and now I want and ask your question as a county commissioner where when Paul talked about you know bringing companies here. Then you must have some experience with them either not looking at us are looking at a sir why they don't look at assume you know what is what what's affecting the county's thank you for asking. Slicing Kelly has the lowest Kenny tax rate in southwestern Pennsylvania she by investing in infrastructure. Creating industrial parks. Race to build sites we've been able to grow lasting county's economy by ever 8000 new jobs we streamlined economic development putting everything together into the chamber of commerce. So there's basically a one stop shop. We've done job forecasting with business says he is our job training to help to provide. Forecasting to the high school so we have the skilled labor for businesses to locate in our technique we know very successful we've got a population. So we're having tremendous success when you look at other counties in the commonwealth or not. Paul and we need you mentioned something kind of just in passing skill. And we added a lot of people they just want you to elaborate on an and so too wide for so long thank you for your service account. People wanna know a little bit about your military experience. Well let let me start pressing and my dad was a national Guardsmen old timer has grown up and not actually signed to a special forces unit for awhile and I. At observed him coming back from airborne school when I was a seven year old in 1966 and had a real impression on me but I started at age eighteen. At West Point to a college. I applied to. I was very transformational experience I met my wife there so my wife is also a West Point retro one of the early women to graduate shoes in the third class. While out West Point I and the opportunity to attend ranger school. There were forty. About forty cadets out of a thousand years there were chosen to go so I was privileged to go there. After graduation. I was assigned to the 82 airborne division I was a field artillery officer. Had a great time there and then not had an assignment in Germany. As well in the middle ladies'. 300000. Servicemen and women over in numb. Germany so that was that was you know from 197786. I was I'm active duty and a as a captain and as a officer. I resigned as a captain and enough left to go to Harvard Business School in 1986. Well thank you for your service of the other thing that you mentioned in passing and an immense promise -- and think about it they'll take a break you can come back to you talked about infrastructure. And we got a flood of people going we have the highest gas tax in my country and how is being spent in what do you and it effects are potholes so -- I go on Diana -- in the studio with us and will be back with more than twenty minutes after for a W I'll take gubernatorial candidate Paul -- in the studio and lieutenant governor candidate Diane -- in the studio and lots of people with questions about the gas tax and the infrastructure which you kind of introduced when you're commenting talk. Yet but let's let the Diana as may be get started an uncle and she's the CNET at the Frontline and Washington counties. Forced into infrastructure first the roads have to be stationed with the possible situation and we always seem to have in Pennsylvania they're not safe. I'm not prominent part of the problem is that all of the money from the gas tax is not killing and destruction are. On the county level we received money for bridges I can tell you that she the requirements and kinda puts in place and make us over builder of bridges. To an extent that they don't need to be costing additional dollars also when you have development coming inch and you're required to do traffic studies when you known that this county in this area has done. I play and foreground the comprehensive training and she knows it that's study needs to extend it to a larger vicinity because you're spending my maiming you're backing needed a second planned so there are a lot of different ways that we can reduce costs. And have more money to take care of what's really necessary each and we talk about infrastructure we also have to remember that we need to come a lot of shallow water lines replaced so we can bring businesses and that we need property gets cleared and ready for businesses to come in and bill. Kemp and frank just had to that I think there's too. Really big issues here underlying our lack of what I call first world. Infrastructure. One is we don't have a growth economy. So this is just a tip of the iceberg if we keep on us. Having the economy we've had under governor wolf we're not going to be able to meet or most basic needs public safety there are re struggling to get enough. And pay for enough law enforcement officers education healthcare for the truly vulnerable. So that's that's that's point number one appointment to his we have a guy who is. Expanding government wolf. Expanding. What I call the liberal progressive socialist welfare programs. He expanded Medicaid 800000 folks a lot of them able bodied adults. Next year we're going to be paying an additional 500. Million dollars for those able bodied adults I'm Medicaid. And my point is the more weeks to extend and expand these social programs the less resource for gonna have. To rebuild our infrastructure and the less infrastructure we're gonna have to have a first world economy so that twice and we have to. We have to absolutely turn this thing around and I think it's important people understand what is what took him structure we talk about not just roads and bridges those are important it supports its locks in the western part of the commonwealth. Its pipelines. How about Internet access are a lot of rural areas in the northeast part of Pennsylvania the don't even have. Internet access and that's important. For economic growth and we can have a lot more residents here. If they have access to learn you know the global. Global economy through the Internet but they don't when the rim and good parts of the Poconos and replace Solso we gotta get that stuff Donna for gonna grow. I'm just curious you do successful businessman you say you know master's degree from Harvard in business just business. Tony commissioner. Right successful and and what you do why would you jump into this craziness why or why why why would you wanna be governor while we shall wannabe lieutenant governor why. Well frank I think it starts with the we're. Can we began several minutes ago which is eyed granddad came from Italy monopoly. Fourteen years old by himself couldn't he couldn't write couldn't speak English big dream in his heart. I'm not I'm the beneficiary of that trade think about that to generations later kids whose parents don't even go to college right. It's go to West Point Harvard Business School lead soldiers in the 82 airborne division. Work for one of the most respected professional advisory firms in the world five daughters a wonderful wife of 36 years those are called blessings. From god and country. And you know to whom much is given much is expected to and I you know people ask me. To run for other officers like senator and number no one could describe to me what the opportunity for positive impact on people was. As a freshman senator can Washington DC but when I started talking to seven or in other governors around the country. All this is this is a job where you can have huge impact you the right guy. And by the way we love Pennsylvania we'll trade you put Pennsylvania us for we have many decked Diana. Why. I love what I do is serving his penetration of 23 years and I had tremendous success and Washingtonian. When palm mango unannounced for governor. And I met Paul and I listened to the plans he had to end. I saw how he listens to see what. I endorsed him early on and had been doing events trying to build his campaign. Because he is inspiring he has tremendous. Leadership skills he's a man of impeccable character unmatched competent. As I jumped at the opportunity to be his running mate and served Pennsylvania and hopefully replicate the same kind of successes we've had a rushing carry and how tense thank you. Now we have about thirty seconds and the or take a break from news when we come back we have lots of people that died that have questions about campaign finance what the what one of the questions that has repeatedly command is when you're talking about building up Pennsylvania. What role does the lobbyists play and how do you deal with that so you guys can think about that we'll take a break for newsroom we've all mango and Diane Von I campaign to as Republicans governor or lieutenant governor in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Paula you mentioned your military experience we had a bunch of questions about the VA about suicide epidemic among veterans homeless veterans and Diane you mentioned that. You pretty. Bill involves a managed yes I am not my husband is near 41 a military service with seven mobilization in the last fourteen and a half years. And washing Tammy has. Center it's called Washington for any mission and they take a lot of homeless veterans and homeless veterans Smith blocks for all veterans are twice as likely to be harmless. Have you she's with suicide and dependency. And I got involved and since the last two may I mean the Pittsburgh marathon in in this past January a man in Disney World the half marathon followed by the marathon the next day only. Tough race. Raising money for this homeless veteran shelter that they're building specifically for honorably discharged veterans is compatriot house she and pollen and air again they're raising the final beam for patriot house she and dad when he teamed and facility because he'd stay. In America an average of 22 veterans commit suicide so I've raced down low over a 102000 dollars for licensing mission. And that and Sistani wants to college. It's kind of a strange segue here but do you have going into Harrisburg as governor is kind of like going into a combat zone yeah yeah. Yeah and people people have. Have asked to open the lobbyists and campaign financing the budgeting doesn't hurt the committees the craziness how do you deal with that don't want your opinion especially on the lobbyists. Yeah well you know and I've met with Saddam in many lobbyists who've requested to have meetings at me and I think it's I think it's a bit of a double edged sword frank. The lobbyist can do actually a very good job of educating folks on issues that are complicated out there and and give a point of view for their own clients and I respect that I do. But they can also introduced conflicts of interest rate that may not be always in the best interest of the people but in the interest of their clients I think I think a good chief executive has to understand where the where the two are separate where you can learn and understand issues and I'm always trying to listen and understand. The perspective of others I think we owe them that respect even if we don't agree them. But at the same time. Not be subject to. You know financial influence from them I finance the good part of my own campaign. I have not taken any. Found donations from any of the big lobbyists and I believe I can be very independent and Harrisburg. You know I don't I don't think people always understand how how hard it is venture run a campaign without doing that. If you without a particularly you know the lobbyist money in the big in big money that's coming and firm influenced groups. Yeah and the putter a prospective frank the last cycle when our governor Corbett ran against governor wolf they each spent in the low thirty million dollar so sixty to 65 million dollars total and we believe for the candidate of the people we've been getting done tremendous amount of support small dollar donations from a large number of pennsylvanians. And we appreciate that. But for going to be competitive the for going to be to governor wolf. We think we're gonna need thirty to forty million dollars and dumb you know we don't want them the people of Pennsylvania to bear all that burden but I can tell you that. One of the reasons we put out our plan called restore the dream. Which is very detailed and very comprehensive. Is we wanted to in the people of Pennsylvania to know in writing. What we stood for I'm interviewing for the chief executive role at the commonwealth of Pennsylvania they deserve to know beforehand. And the lobbyists aren't gonna change my point of view on the sides when when you decided to ride. You know you knew you had enough platform you know what you wanted to you know talk about. From then until now. Meeting the people have any of the issues changed or has something that you didn't think was as important come to the surface yeah absolutely I I. I had a series of hypotheses when I started frank but I didn't have a plan it took we we spent seven months. Listening to pennsylvanians. Thousands of them and hundreds of meetings and what you see are planned restore the dream is a compilation. What they told me so it's the people's planned expressed through our website it's not really my plan. And yes there's five big issues jobs and the economy health care education drug overdose and stuff functional government in Harrisburg. There's a lot of small issues people are those of us I think that's okay you mentioned one and we have a bunch of text question that school safety. OK so let you know and in a minute okay than a minute let me just I'm surges just very quickly on school safety. Let's be thoughtful about this for so let's step back and say what are the dangers and the risks that are children face. In the public school or any school aged K through twelve environment today. School shootings. There's been about 400 deaths from school shootings since 1990 that's a tragedy. Last year there were 4000 suicides amongst kids that H. There were thousands more drug overdoses so for really got to step back and say hi we keep our kids safe and secure. In the school environment. Let's look at it comprehensively and a lot of the suicides are as you can imagine isolation cyber bullying bullying. Those types of things in school so what are my plan and Diana are planned together is. To make sure each school district 500 upon assess comprehensively the threats they face. And then develop a plan to address those stress because they're very different in my school district vs another and the State's rules to make sure we aren't at that. To make sure it's sound. And help the school's resource it's so that they can get it done but we're not gonna impose one size fits all mandates on 500 schools that I think is for a proud that this is not there your father of five daughters yeah absolutely and your mother of three yes three grandchildren three grandchildren OK and children grown children I'm waiting for great. Not yet okay cannot last question. The one thing that you wanna say to the voters know a week to look to the election but you wanna say. Yeah I think it's actually two things burned up one is calm when we've learned in the last year and a half as pennsylvanians wanna be inspired again they wanna know. That they can be winners frank I'm if you were born in Pennsylvania meantime the last thirty or forty years the only things you know our factories close and businesses leaving children leaving. You know we're always ranked 37 or 49 or fiftieth and things we've lost ninth congress congressional seats in the last five decades right almost to every census. And people. Wanted to feel like they're part of a winning organizations that's number one we think we can bring that confidence back but to. I think that the voters need to understand that they need leaders of character in office and why why why is that important. My opponent keeps on saying policy talk about the issues not character like characters an issue and here's why because the next governor doesn't know what he's gonna face or she's gonna face. Next week next month a year from now. And you want someone who is under pressure going to act on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania not on behalf of their own personal interest so those are two things. We hope the voters will consider. When they go to the polls next Tuesday and pull the lever for Paula I'm going Diane Von. Diana your thoughts. I'll tell you that I think it leash and down encourage the voters to go to web site manga for PA dot com Fannie and Asher. And then we are asking for them to placed its trust in us their confidence in us in command and so on May fifteenth. I'm I'm here because I have tremendous hopeless coming Dillon his vision in his leadership. And you need someone that when they are under pressure. Is going to be able scenes. And Paul Mankins has proven that with his military training. Well thank you both for being here you know and good luck and they in the primary coming up in one weekend safe travels wherever gone crisscrossing Pennsylvania thank you thank you frank thanks for having my pleasure right.
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